Director: Christopher Landon
Cast: Tye Sheridan, David Koechner, Logan Miller
Release Date: Now Available on Blu-ray & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 6.5/10
Disc Rating: 7.5/10
Three scouts and lifelong friends join forces with one badass cocktail waitress to become the world’s most unlikely team of heroes. When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, they’ll fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead.
The film follows three long-time best friends and scouts who unbeknownst to them are about to have the night of their lives and be provided ample opportunity to utilize the numerous skills which they have learned throughout the years. As the majority of their town suddenly begins turning into flesh eating zombies, these three scouts along with a gorgeous stripper will have to band together and fight back against the undead if they stand any chance of rescuing the ones they care about, not to mention surviving the night.
Directed by Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) who does a more than competent job at the helm of ‘Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse’, perfectly capturing a fun and bright tone combined with plenty of bloodshed. The film also benefits from a capable cast including a combination of familiar faces and a number of somewhat less recognizable individuals including Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan, Sarah Dumont, David Koechner, Cloris Leachman and a number more, all of whom deliver fairly decent performances at the very least in each of their respective roles.
‘Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse’ is nonstop fun from start to end, combining comedic bloody fun with nonstop laughs and the result is one incredibly enjoyable, albeit imperfect ride. While it may not contribute anything new to the genre, it doesn’t need to, nor do I believe that was every their intention. From the goofy opening moments of the film to the title itself, one thing seems abundantly clear, the only goal ‘Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse’ aims for is to deliver a hilarious, blood-soaked good time and in this it succeeds admirably. If you’re looking for a groundbreaking new step in the genre this probably won’t be your cup of tea, but if you’re seeking a simplistic and enjoyable horror-comedy with a substantial helping of gore complimented by nonstop laughs, then this is just the film for you.
Overall, ‘Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse’ delivers nonstop fun from start to finish, providing no shortage of bloody carnage balanced by laugh out loud humor. The film may not break any new ground in originality nor will it win any awards, let along be recognized by the majority of the community, but genre fans are sure to have a great time with this bloody, funny and wonderfully simplistic horror comedy. For the fellow genre fans out there, this one is a must see and I would highly recommend giving it a shot for a random evening of lighthearted fun.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks outstanding, delivering a consistently sharp, detailed and gorgeous video presentation throughout without any notable faults to be found within, holding up beautifully during the darkly lit and fast moving sequences and never resulting in anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is an impressive high definition video presentation complemented by a more than adequate bitrate that should easily please.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This lossless multichannel soundtrack sounds fantastic, providing a clean, detailed and often quite aggressive audio presentation. Frequently utilizing all five available channels in order to surround the viewer with perfectly suited soundtrack selections in addition to plenty of action (and gore) related auditory effects swarming throughout the channels, while never causing any dialogue which may be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible. Overall, this is a solid 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that shouldn’t disappoint in the slightest.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse’ includes a number of worthwhile extras. Included on the release are a couple of ‘Deleted Scenes’ from the film (running approximately 3 minutes in length altogether). Also included are a number of Behind the Scenes Featurettes that explore different aspects of bringing the film to life and include behind the scenes footage along with interviews/comments with the cast and crew. The included Featurettes are: ‘Scouts Guide To Filmmaking’ (approximately 30 minutes), ‘The Zombie Makeup FX Handbook’ (6 minutes), ‘Undead Movement Guidelines: Zombie Choreography’ (5 minutes), and ‘Uniforms and You: Costume Design’ (5 minutes).